DATE: February, 2016
TIME: 10:00-6:00
Henry VIII
Masterclass: Reputation February, 2016
“If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me,
I had it from my father.”


Workshop 1 – 14th February

First read through and discussions.

Topics discussed included:

“Boy without a winkle!”
Politics and religion
Henry VIII
Other dramatisations
Act 4 sc. 2 Katherine’s Request
Act 5 scene 4 Cranmer Speech
Katherine I?
The World of this play
Anne Boleyn
Could/Would you do this play with a small budget?
The King’s Authority
All is True?
Ceremony and Pagent
Bend a Gender

“I have touched the highest point of all my greatness,
And from that full meridian of my glory
I haste now to my setting. I shall fall
Like a bright exhalation in the evening,
And no man see me more.”


Workshop 2 – 28th February

Masterclass: Reputation – Tom Latter

A look at how we might use (or abuse) historical fact, preconceptions or reputation when portraying characters based on real people. Given that a 21st century audience probably carry with them an idea of who Henry VIII, Wolsey and other Tudor figures were, how do we incorporate that into a production that focuses on what these plays mean for us now?


“Love thyself last, cherish those hearts that hate thee.
Corruption wins not more than honesty.”
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